Three smash and grab burglars caught on surveillance video crashing a vehicle into two stores Sunday morning have been arrested.
“As soon as the newspaper hit the streets, we started getting calls,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland of pictures which were published in the Southern Standard showing one of the suspects and the 2000 Ford F-150 they used to smash through the front doors of the buildings.
“We started running down leads and were able to make the arrests, plus arrests in a home invasion they were involved in before the Sunday burglaries,” said McMinnville police investigator Barry Powers.
Charged with two counts of burglary and one count of especially aggravated burglary are Clayton B. Lance, Ronald D. Kloosterman Jr. and Bonnie R. Lovell.
They are charged with crashing the Ford pickup, registered to Lance and Lovell, into Morrison Shell and Hina Market in Newtown. The truck was used as a battering ram to smash open the front doors. The suspects then went inside the stores and stole cigarettes and other merchandise. The incidents happened back-to-back around 1 a.m. Sunday.
In both cases images of the intruders were caught by store surveillance, giving lawmen a good look at one of the burglars and a great look at the truck that was used.
Along with the smash and grab burglaries, the three are also charged with breaking in the home of an Este Griffith Road woman. The elderly victim was injured in the burglary but was able to run the intruders off. The victim knew at least one of her attackers in that case.
As for the Sunday burglaries, lawmen say there is damage to the rear of the truck as expected. It is unknown why the suspects would risk damage to their vehicle to steal a small amount of merchandise. The damage to the stores will likely cost more than the loss of merchandise.